POSTED: Friday, May 1, 2009 - 7:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
CDC officials say the swine flu, is continuing to spread in the United States, but they are learning more about it and have started preparing a new vaccine that might be ready in the fall.
There are now 109 confirmed cases of this flu strain in eleven states and one child is dead with six people being hospitalized. Researchers say they expect communities to enact their own prevention strategy and make decisions like whether to close schools or not.
They are still studying the virus and don't know how many people will be affected or how dangerous the strain may be. In the meantime, all states will have their portion of the strategic national stockpile by May 3rd. This includes the antiviral Tamiflu and various medical supplies.
While officials are urging people to increase their hygiene practices, like hand washing, they do not think everyone needs to stay home. CDC researchers say they are urging manufactures to complete production of next years seasonal flu vaccine while they grow the virus needed for a swine flu vaccine. After the seasonal flu vaccine is completed they may move forward with a swine flu vaccine.